A construction worker was recently hurt after he fell down an elevator shaft. He was injured while working on the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art after the scaffolding collapsed underneath him. The man sustained serious injuries, including broken legs and a broken pelvis. 

San Francisco emergency workers stated that the man fell approximately 20 feet down the elevator shaft. Agents from Cal/OSHA are also investigating the accident. The California worker was employed by a scaffolding company from San Leandro that had been previously cited for two major safety violations. 

The company was levied a fine of $16,875 for a previous incident in which a worker was hurt by falling scaffolding. It is not clear if any safety violations contributed to the recent unfortunate incident, but it is still under investigation by California authorities. A spokesman for the company stated that the organization was working alongside Cal/OSHA in order to determine the cause of the accident. 

When an individual is injured while working, workers’ compensation benefits are available to cover medical costs, lost wages and rehabilitation needs. After a work accident, it is important to notify the employer of the incident and seek medical treatment. Documentation of injuries is a vital part of a successful compensation claim. Seeking benefits after a work accident can be a complex process, and injured workers may find that it is not always easy to get the support needed. For this reason, it is beneficial to seek assistance when navigating the compensation claims process. 

Source: sfgate.com, “Worker critical after fall down elevator shaft at SFMOMA site“, Jenna Lyons and Hamed Aleaziz, May 29, 2015